Course & Slope Ratings

 
 Click here for a full listing of Men's Course & Slope Ratings  As of 11.1.16

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The USGA Course and Slope Rating System was implemented by the USGA on January 1, 1987.  It is the foundation of the USGA handicapping system and is the guideline to which all competitions adhere to.  This system enables golfers of all levels and gender to compete on an equitable basis.

Every Hawaii golf facility’s Course and Slope Rating is determined by the Hawaii State Golf Association for tee positions for our male golfers and by the Hawaii State Women’s Golf Association for tee positions for our female golfers.  Each association is responsible for measuring yardages for each hole from each tee, adjusting yardage based on wind elements, elevation changes, firmness of the fairway, altitude adjustments (if any), and if there are any forced lay-ups or doglegs that can be challenged (thereby affecting the length of the hole).  We also measure 10 different obstacles and factors on each hole:

  1. Topography, or levelness of the lie
  2. Width of the fairway
  3. Size of the putting green
  4. Rough height
  5. Sand bunkers
  6. Trees
  7. Out of bounds
  8. Water
  9. Putting green surfaces, including speed and contour
  10. Psychological factors or difficulty of play

These measurements and adjustments are the basis for the Course Rating system and the primary factor in determining your handicap index.

Hawaii State Golf Association